How does “advanced maternal age” play out in the real world of pregnancy and parenting?
I peeked at my chart—scrawled across the top was the ominous phrase “advanced maternal age.” The OB handed me a referral to a high-risk clinic. “Is there something wrong?” I asked. Without looking up he said, “We refer all our … Continue reading →
It might seem counter-intuitive, but regular exercise can actually combat fatigue and help you feel better rested when your morning alarm starts buzzing.
Have you wondered why, oh why an exhausted baby-grower like yourself can’t catch a wink of sleep past 4 a.m.? Or maybe your whacked-out internal thermostat has hit a thousand degrees, making you feel like a hot mess with no … Continue reading →
Prenatal body changes range from quirky to nasty to downright worrisome. Learn what’s coming up around the bend, and identify a few red flags you should look out for.
From the moment you conceive, your body begins to transform from the everyday vehicle you’ve always known into an amazing, efficient (and sometimes kinda gross) baby-making machine. Some changes are obvious—a burgeoning belly, for example—while others will take you by … Continue reading →
Cure what ails you in those first weeks of pregnancy with these hopeful fixes.
Early pregnancy isn’t all plus signs and happy secrets. Although the first trimester is filled with excitement and anticipation, it’s also infused with its share of aches and pains. But common mom-to-be woes can be survived with a few proactive measures. … Continue reading →
A little adjustment here, a healthy tweak there, and you’ll be at peak performance for the big day.
This baby thing is really happening, and you’re in it for the 40-week long haul. Maybe you were perfectly prepared before the test pointed positive, or maybe you’re like the rest of us and could use a tuneup to get … Continue reading →
A baby in your belly doesn’t have to mean a halt in your travel plans. Add these smart steps to your preflight checklist, and you’ll be on your way in no time.
Whether your job requires regular travel or your budget allows for recreational trips (hello, babymoon!), jet-setting while pregnant is often a part of the modern mom-to-be’s life. And happily, that’s A-OK. “There’s really no medical reason why you can’t travel … Continue reading →
When eating is your job, there’s no calling in sick because of baby.
My iron stomach, bottomless pit of an appetite and endless enthusiasm for anything edible made my enviable gig as a food writer easy. I would eat anything and everything and lots of it … until one day I couldn’t. That’s … Continue reading →
There will always be some surprises when your body is making a baby, but this week-by-week pregnancy planner can give you a heads up on what to expect.
We’ve laid it all out—every step of your 40-week trek, so you can know what’s going on inside your barely there (or hard-to-miss) bump. Wherever you are in your pregnancy, get excited for the many changes to come. Note: Don’t fret … Continue reading →
When you’re expecting your bundle of joy to arrive sometime between your company’s holiday party and your family’s annual gift exchange, there’s more to consider than what kind of mocktail you’ll be sipping.
Just like the end-of-year holiday marathon, childbirth is action-packed, labor-intensive and messy. As if planning parties, preparing epic feasts and trekking through crowded shopping centers weren’t enough, some moms-to-be are managing the additional stresses and demands of a third-trimester pregnancy … Continue reading →
Making a baby has some seriously unsexy side effects—stuff so unpleasant, even your closest girlfriends have probably kept their lips zipped. Celebrity mags have tricked you into thinking pregnancy is definitively glamorous, but the paparazzi aren’t there when celebs are … Continue reading →